Surfing increases chance of GERD disease.
Surfers compared with non-surfers have an increased chance of suffering from GERD aka gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is often associated with stress and characterised by heartburn and regurgitation.
Surfing increases chance of GERD disease: A study in the journal of sports medicine showed that this was more common in short-boarders compared to long-boarders, this is due to the smaller surface area pushing against the chest in the prone position when paddling, which consequently leads to increased intra-abdominal pressure and GERD.
Avoid fatty food, alcohol and other common irritants directly before surfing.
The medical definition is:
– A chronic condition in which the lower esophageal sphincter allows gastric acids to reflux into the esophagus, causing heartburn, acid indigestion, and possible injury to the esophageal lining.